Ethiopia has said it has declined a request from Egypt to suspend construction of a multibillion-dollar hydroelectric dam project on the Nile’s upper reaches, Anadolu has reported. The request was tabled by Egyptian irrigation minister Mohamed Abdel-Muttalib during his visit to Ethiopia last Monday, said Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman, Dina Mufti. According to the ministry spokesman, it was the same demand that Egypt had raised, and which Ethiopia and Sudan rejected, during tripartite negotiations in Khartoum last December. “Abdel-Mutallib wants construction of the dam halted until Egyptian demands are met,” Mufti said. “It’s the same old thing they’ve been saying,” she said.
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